Disinfectants can be useful in limiting spread of any type of influenza, including swine flu. But what exactly can these products do, and what can’t they do?
EPA has issued a warning: Several vendors are making claims that aren’t true.
What is true: Disinfectants used on hard surfaces according to label instructions are effective against type-A flu viruses, including this year’s H1N1 strain. Approved products specifically have label information which states they provide effectiveness against “Influenza A viruses”
However, there are no products registered by EPA that will disinfect or sterilize the air or a room by fogging. Claims for disinfecting carpets, drapes and other porous surfaces are also false.
For more information from EPA on flu disinfectant products, click here.